Keokuk Concert Association
Mr. Ricardo Sepúlveda
Baritone Ricardo Sepúlveda recently appeared as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. He has performed with the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Concerto Urbano, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, West Suburban Symphony, Puerto Rico Opera, International Vocal Arts Institute, New Jersey Opera, Puerto Rico Lyric Company, Festival de la Orquesta Juvenil de las Américas, Puerto Rico Opera Theatre, Lyric Theatre at Illinois, Muddy River Opera Company, McDonough Choral Society, and Eastern Symphony Orchestra. Other credits include Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, Weill’s Das Berliner Requiem, Zuniga in Carmen, Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Polyphemus in Händel's Acis and Galatea, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Marcello in La bohème, and Émile de Becque in South Pacific.
Mr. Sepúlveda holds degrees from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is a candidate for the doctorate in musical arts with a cognate area in the science of the singing voice. He was the recipient of the UIUC Stotler Fellowship Award, the Grace Elizabeth Wilson Award for Excellence in Singing, and the Joseph W. Schlanger Memorial Opera Scholarship. Additionally, he is a graduate from the Summer Vocology Institute at the National Center for Voice and Speech at the University of Utah, and completed Level One of “Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method” at the Chicago Institute for Voice Care.
While completing studies in his native Puerto Rico, Mr. Sepúlveda was active in the theatre scene. Most notable were his roles in plays by Federico García Lorca and Myrna Casas at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center. A lover of concert repertoire and choral literature, he is a former member of the “Orfeón San Juan Bautista” and is featured on its first commercial recording “Puerto Rico a Capella” (2001).
The baritone joined the community of Western Illinois University as Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera in 2017, after seven years in the faculty of Millikin University. He is a proud member of the Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Opera Association, and the Pan-American Vocology Association. Upcoming engagements include Gounod’s Messe Solennelle with the McDonough Choral Society, and stage direction for WIU Opera Theatre’s production of The Marriage of Figaro.